New York, NY ” From crime fighting dogs to presidential pooches that sometimes got more press than their owners, one look at popular culture proves that dogs have always had a profound influence on our daily lives. But which well-known canine is the most famous?
•Checkers ” Richard Nixon’s Cocker Spaniel referenced in his
famous “Checker’s Speech” during his 1952 Vice Presidential bid.
•Buddy ” Bill Clinton’s Labrador Retriever who, living up to the title of “man’s best friend,” was said to be Clinton’s key supporter during Monica-
•Tinker Bell ” Paris Hilton’s Chihuahua who caused a panic in 2004 when she
•Fala ” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Scottish Terrier who traveled alongside his
master and met many dignitaries during FDR’s presidency.
•Tryumph the Insult Comic Dog ” The Serbian Mountain Hound puppet made
famous on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, who puffs a cigar while insulting
•Bo ” Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog delivered as an Obama campaign promise to
daughters Sasha and Malia.
•McGruff the Crime Dog ” A cartoon Bloodhound used by the National Crime
Prevention Council in commercials and other media to teach children about
Which dog will be victorious? Visit pawnation.com/category/akc-top-125-dogs to cast your vote and leave your paw print on the poll.
Underscoring America’s love affair with dogs and celebrating its 125th Anniversary, the American Kennel Club (AKC) collaborated with AOL’s PawNation.com to compile a list of the Top 125 Dogs in Popular Culture. The list brings together canines from diverse backgrounds for a candid look at how dogs have been woven into the fabric of America. From movies and music, mascots and literature, to cartoons and TV characters, each week a new poll allows Americans to review the list, debate it with their friends and colleagues, and pick their favorites. Dog lovers can return each week to vote and have a final say to end the doggie debate and find who it the top dog. The AKC will tabulate results and unveil the final list of America’s Top 125 Dogs in Pop Culture the week of December 14, 2009.
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